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Fuqua, Samuel Glenn

Date of birth:
October 15th, 1899 (Laddonia/Minnesota, United States)
Date of death:
January 27th, 1987 (Decatur/Georgia, United States)
Buried on:
Arlington National Cemetery
American (1776 - present, Republic)


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Second World War (1939-1945)
U.S.S. Arizona (BB-39), U.S. Navy
Awarded for:
Operation Z
"For distinguished conduct in action, outstanding heroism, and utter disregard of his own safety above and beyond the call of duty during the attack on the Fleet in Pearl Harbor, by Japanese forces on 7 December 1941. Upon the commencement of the attack, Lt. Comdr. Fuqua rushed to the quarterdeck of the U.S.S. Arizona to which he was attached where he was stunned and knocked down by the explosion of a large bomb which hit the quarterdeck, penetrated several decks, and started a severe fire. Upon regaining consciousness, he began to direct the fighting of the fire and the rescue of wounded and injured personnel. Almost immediately there was a tremendous explosion forward, which made the ship appear to rise out of the water, shudder, and settle down by the bow rapidly. The whole forward part of the ship was enveloped in flames which were spreading rapidly, and wounded and burned men were pouring out of the ship to the quarterdeck. Despite these conditions, his harrowing experience, and severe enemy bombing and strafing, at the time, Lt. Comdr. Fuqua continued to direct the fighting of fires in order to check them while the wounded and burned could be taken from the ship and supervised the rescue of these men in such an amazingly calm and cool manner and with such excellent judgment that it inspired everyone who saw him and undoubtedly resulted in the saving of many lives. After realizing the ship could not be saved and that he was the senior surviving officer aboard, he directed it to be abandoned, but continued to remain on the quarterdeck and directed abandoning ship and rescue of personnel until satisfied that all personnel that could be had been saved, after which he left his ship with the boatload. The conduct of Lt. Comdr. Fuqua was not only in keeping with the highest traditions of the naval service but characterizes him as an outstanding leader of men."
Medal of Honor - Navy/Marine Corps (MoH)
Second World War (1939-1945)
Seventh Fleet, U.S. Navy
Awarded on:
April 1946
Legion of Merit - US Military
"For exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding services to the Government of the United States as Force Operations Officer, Service Force, SEVENTH Fleet, from 9 January 1945 to 15 August 1945."

Bureau of Naval Personnel Information Bulletin No. 349


  • Photo 1: U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph
  • Jordan, Kenneth N, Yesterday's Heroes, Schiffer Publishing Ltd., USA 1996.